Coolest Gadgets » Site News http://www.coolest-gadgets.com Playing with cool gadgets in the ongoing search for the Coolest Gadget Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.20 Bitcoin – Like Spending Cash, Online? http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20131127/bitcoin-spending-cash-online/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20131127/bitcoin-spending-cash-online/#comments Wed, 27 Nov 2013 11:24:33 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=85651

I spent some time today trying to firm up my holiday travel plans. While I perused some online travel agencies, I came across one that just announced  it would now accept Bitcoins as a form of payment for airfare booked through their website. Bitcoins? I think I’ve heard of them, some sort of decentralized digital currency, kind of like cash for the internet, but I believe it’s time to learn more…

In short, Bitcoin is an online network that folks can use to send payments from one to another, in that respect only, perhaps vaguely similar to Paypal. Bitcom is the worlds first “open” financial network. No one actually owns it, or runs the Bitcoin network. It’s actually a peer-to-peer system, with people like us, and our computers working together to process these transactions and, Bitcoin is its own currency, with this monetary unit being called a Bitcoin. Are you guys with me so far?

Because Bitcoin has all these unique properties, the hope is that use of it will allow all kinds of exciting applications that could not be covered by previous payment systems. Evidently, there are quite a few merchants already hopping on the Bitcoin bandwagon and offering up everything from cupcakes to web hosting services for Bitcoin payments. Who knew? Of course it appears that a big draw (to those so inclined) may be the ability to move your Bitcoin around without the taxman knocking on your door.

So what now? It looks like Bitcoin is growing, payments are being made worldwide, people are purchasing Bitcoin as an investment, and yes, some folks are already getting rich off it. People all over the world are already trading hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bitcoin every day. Wow.  To learn more, visit bitcoin.org and let us know what you think. Now I have to get back to my plane tickets.
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Unroll.me – Liberate your Inbox Today! http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20130718/unrollme-liberate-inbox/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20130718/unrollme-liberate-inbox/#comments Thu, 18 Jul 2013 18:11:55 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=82085

I am ashamed to admit it, I am an e-mail hoarder. It’s true, I have tens of thousands of them. I promise myself that I’m going to delete the junk, so my important e-mails don’t keep getting lost in the pile, but every time I get started I feel so overwhelmed. It’s gotten to a point that I’ve considered just closing the account and getting a new one, but what about all the truly important items I have saved on there? I guess I’m between a rock and a hard place.

Not anymore! Check out Unroll.me, a brand-y new, web-based application that’s soon to be compatible with most major email providers. Unroll.me compiles all your “wanted” junk, and sends you a categorized email once a day that will keep you privy to all of your endless offers, discounts, updates and social notifications, all neatly displayed in a “daily roll-up”, and you can even pick when you want it delivered. Unroll.me also lets you opt-out of the stuff you no longer wish to receive, so you can get yourself organized and cleaned up all in one fell swoop.

Unroll.me takes all the e-mails that are cluttering your inbox, and stuffs them in a special Rollup folder, allowing you to peruse the junk mail that you aren’t quite ready to part with, but certainly don’t need to be reading in between the memo’s from your boss, or the heartfelt birthday greetings from your grandmother.

So if you’re on a tablet, PC or mobile device you can add stuff to your Rollup, leave it alone, or get rid of it forever. You can forward your e-mails or simply check out nifty previews, letting you know what your in for without even opening the mail. Unroll.me is currently only available for gmail and Yahoo, but rest assured other providers like AOL are right around the corner. So simplify your life the quick and easy way, with Unroll.me.
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20,000 Posts and Counting… http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20130327/20000-posts-counting/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20130327/20000-posts-counting/#comments Wed, 27 Mar 2013 20:50:56 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=79840 We at CG are proud to say we reached a milestone today – our 20,000th post!  When we began our “ongoing search for the coolest gadget” over 7 years ago never did we think that there would be so many gadgets to write about.  From the small to the huge and the inexpensive to the pricey we have covered a large array.

A special thanks goes out to our writers – past and present – for their continuous contribution of gadget features. Without their research and diligence the search would have ceased long ago. Most importantly thank you to our readers.  You appreciate our quest. You let us know what you like and don’t like. And you share your favorites with friends.  So keep the comments coming, send us what you think is cool and we look forward to sharing the next 20,000 posts in our ongoing search.
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Calling All Pinterest Fans! http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20130326/calling-pintrest-fans/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20130326/calling-pintrest-fans/#comments Tue, 26 Mar 2013 21:03:12 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=79799

Ppssssst. Hey you, Pinterest fan. In a world of cool gadgets there is no reason you should not share gadget love with fellow Pinners. Beginning today, when you hover over a CG image you will have a “Pin it” button pop up in the upper left of all images. (hover over above image to see it live) So feel free to share the gadget images with everyone. If you have been hiding under a rock and don’t know about Pinterest learn more here.
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New Mobile Theme for Coolest Gadgets http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20130318/mobile-theme-coolest-gadgets/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20130318/mobile-theme-coolest-gadgets/#comments Mon, 18 Mar 2013 20:01:29 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=79640 Mobile Theme

More and more of our readers are browsing the site (and web in general) on their phones and I must admit previously reading Coolest Gadgets on a mobile device was not the most enjoyable of experiences. However after a chunk of work this weekend we’re very happy to report we are now MUCH more mobile friendly.

The mobile version of the site will display automagically when you browse the site on your phone. We’ve tried to keep it as clean and simple as possible but also be recognisable as Coolest Gadgets. You can browse and read the site as you would any other site but it’s optimized for the small screen. Pressing the button at the top right displays a menu that lets you view specific categories or pages.

We’d really appreciate any feedback you may have, positive, negative or feature suggestions. If you find any bugs please let us know about them (and which phone you are using). Thanks and I hope you enjoy the mobile version of Coolest Gadgets.
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Introducing Xbox Music – Another Reason to Love your Xbox http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20121015/introducing-xbox-music-reason-love-xbox/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20121015/introducing-xbox-music-reason-love-xbox/#comments Mon, 15 Oct 2012 16:12:17 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=74598

We certainly have a connection to the Xbox, we quickly succumbed to the pressure of a nine year old to get the 360 with the Kinect, so now the old Xbox is in the den, along with several hundred dollars worth of games, and so begins the brand new game collection. Now, I hear the new Xbox 720 is on the horizon, but that kid’s, is tomorrow’s story.

Today, the story is about the brand new Xbox Music service, the first all-in-one music option that gives you the ability to stream all kinds of custom playlists for free,  you can also subscribe to all the music you want, or you can actually download all your favorite songs. Designed to compete with iTunes (and everyone else for that matter) and through the power of the cloud, you can be grooving to the music across all your listening options, including tablets, PC’s and TV’s.

Offering free streaming, and an Xbox Music Pass option that allows you ad-free, unlimited playback of any track in their subscription catalog across your tablets, PCs, phones or Xbox 360 for under 10 bucks per month and other options that unlock unlimited access to tens of thousands of music videos on your Xbox 360, and if you’re wondering, an option that can add almost any content your already own (from wherever you own it) to your personal collection, even if  Xbox Music doesn’t have it.

 With more than 30 million songs in the global catalog, you can personalize your collection and create awesome playlists and then you can store it all in the cloud. Xbox Music begins rolling out around the world tomorrow on Xbox 360, and later this month on smartphones and tablets running Windows 8, of course they will be adding many additional platforms later, just stay tuned to xbox.com to keep updated.

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Presta – for When You Want it Now! http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20121008/presta-service/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20121008/presta-service/#comments Mon, 08 Oct 2012 14:57:09 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=74283

I remember my first apartment, it had orange tweed carpeting, but it was lovingly furnished with rental furniture, and I found it to be a whole lot nicer than my moms old couch, or having the common “mattress on the floor” scenario found in many first apartments. Yes I paid more for it, but the place looked good in spite of the orange carpet, and they came to get the furniture when I was done with it…

So rent-to-own simply works sometimes, when you’re starting out, or your credit is not what you’d like it to be, and let’s face it, there’s no better time for it’s revival than during this time completely filled with gadget temptations. Welcome Presta, a new service that lets you get the products you want, with affordable payments and no long term commitments.

Unlike using credit, Presta doesn’t charge interest, instead, you pay a rental payment while you use the product. Simply keep it as long as you like, and after a year it’s yours, or return it after 3 months and they’ll even pay for the shipping to send it back. Computers, iPads, coffee makers or jewelry… if you’ve been coveting these items, now may be the time.

Yes, it is more expensive than paying cash, or throwing it on your credit card. For example that iPad 2 you’ve had  your eye on carries 17 dollar a week payments, which means when you own it at the end of 12 months  it will have cost you right around 900 bucks, eeks! but is that better than not having one at all? Check out Presta.com, and I’ll let  you decide.
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Toys R Us – Takes a Share of the Movie Market http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20121005/toys-takes-share-movie-market/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20121005/toys-takes-share-movie-market/#comments Fri, 05 Oct 2012 15:17:04 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=74192  

I really enjoy the possibility that digital entertainment services may slowly but surely be reducing our need to rely on cable television. Every time I get my cable bill I cant believe how much I’m paying just to watch TV, and yet every month I write the check. Over the past year we have managed to lower the bill by dropping some premium channels in favor or services like Netflix, but that too carries a price, in the form of a subscription fee. I prefer a “pay for what I watch” option.

Well, Toys R Us is throwing their hat in the ring of digital entertainment options with their recently announced Toys R Us Movies, providing families instant access to over 4000 movies and TV shows that kids love. This new service provides an extensive library of premium digital content for both streaming and download and since the service is equipped with specialized parental controls, we get to choose the most appropriate content for our families viewing.

Starting this week, users will be able to stream content to any PC, Mac, and any Adobe Flash enabled devices and rest assured that the service will be made available to additional web-enabled devices in the coming months. Toys R Us also plans to expand to Blue Ray players and tablets, and to offer HD services in the near future. Watch for the dedicated iOS and android releases later this fall.

Movies will start at $2.99 for a 24-hour rental and $5.99 for a digital download. Family TV options  start at around $0.99, at toyrusmovies.com and keep on the lookout for the new  Toys”R”Us Movie gift cards which will be available later this fall in Toys”R”Us retail stores, just in time for the holidays.
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Teachem’s School of You, Makes You the Principal http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20121003/teachems-school-principal/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20121003/teachems-school-principal/#comments Wed, 03 Oct 2012 13:57:42 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=74090

There is no denying the power of the Internet age. Anything you might like to learn how to do, good or bad, is at your disposal. Want to learn how to french braid hair? No problem, want to do it while embalming you recently departed cat, again, no problem. The wealth of information online is staggering. Imagine if all that education could be organized in some way…

Teachem has just launched what they are calling, The School of You, allowing anybody to create unlimited classes from YouTube videos. Imagine pulling the best of the best informational clips on a particular topic together from the vast collection available on YouTube, and  putting them in an instructional order, letting your “students” benefit from your personalized selections.

The process is simple, just create and brand your FREE school, say… the School of Sales. Next you create your own classes, drawing from YouTube’s abundant educational videos. Then you can add special interactive layers on top of those videos with nifty flashcards and review questions.

Teachem offers a unique opportunity for organizations, universities, companies, teachers or anyone that has some expertise in anything and wants to share it with the world. “Teachers” can also specify who has access to their “School of You”, you can choose to make it private and by invite only, or your “school” can be public, allowing anyone to enroll. For more information on the free School of You service, please visit Teachem.com.

 
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NEWSFLASH: Free Citrus Juice Sprayer! http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20120928/newsflash-free-citrus-juice-sprayer/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20120928/newsflash-free-citrus-juice-sprayer/#comments Fri, 28 Sep 2012 19:30:32 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=73979

JUICYJUICE

The good folks at ThinkGeek have a deal for you! For a limited time, purchase $30 or more on ThinkGeek and receive a free Stem DIY Citrus Juice Sprayer. That’s a $4.99 value simply for indulging yourself in some of the nifty items they offer like Giant Robot Battle Fists, Freddy Replica Glove or a Plush AT-AT. Take a look at everything they offer. You won’t have problems spending $30.

The Stem DIY Citrus Juice Sprayer is a super handy kitchen tool that helps you avoid slicing and juicing an entire lemon. Simply plunge the serrated teeth into a lemon and spray juice wherever you need. It is a great device for spritzing salads, fish or fruit trays.

To take advantage of ThinkGeek’s offer for the free sprayer simply use promo code JUICYJUICE at checkout and it will tag it to your order. The promo is effective now for a limited time or while supplies last so act fast!
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